- Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it for both sides of this stunningly good sounding copy
- This shootout winning copy gives you superb energy and presence, plus full-bodied tonality and lots of punch down low
- An essential Stones album — live rock and roll doesn’t get much more fun than this
- Allusic 4 1/2 stars: “Often acclaimed as one of the top live rock albums of all time”
From the moment we dropped the needle on side one, we were SHOCKED by the presence, the clarity, and the energy — and that’s just talking about the sound of the audience! About a minute after the music got going, we had to collect our jaws off the floor. No other copy we had heard could have led us to believe we would hear this album sound THIS amazing.
The sound is both Tubey Magical and clear, and the energy and immediacy are off the charts. Turn it up loud and you are in the middle of the Stones’ concert of a lifetime! I’m sure I don’t have to tell you what kind of money Stones’ tickets go for these days, but I think it’s safe to say you’ll get better sound for your dollars on this White Hot Stamper LP.
I don’t know what you could do to this music to make it sound any better. Our hats are off once again to Mr. Glyn Johns, who produced, engineered, and mixed this album superbly. The vocals are natural with breathy texture, the bass is tight and punchy, and the guitars are energetic and tubey magical with clear transients. The overall sound is clean, clear, and super transparent with real depth to the soundfield.
One of the qualities that we don’t talk about on the site nearly enough is the SIZE of the record’s presentation. Some copies of the album just sound small — they don’t extend all the way to the outside edges of the speakers, and they don’t seem to take up all the space from the floor to the ceiling. In addition, the sound can often be recessed, with a lack of presence and immediacy in the center.
Other copies — my notes for these copies often read “BIG and BOLD” — create a huge soundfield, with the music positively jumping out of the speakers. They’re not brighter, they’re not more aggressive, they’re not hyped-up in any way, they’re just bigger and clearer.
And most of the time those very special pressings just plain rock harder. When you hear a copy that does all that, it’s an entirely different listening experience.
Great Sound, Great Music, Great Mastering
The sound here is excellent, but more importantly, the mastering is exactly what it needs to be: honest. As you’re listening to this album, you feel as though you’re hearing The Stones EXACTLY the way they wanted to be heard. There’s no sense of any “manipulation” in the sound of this record.
This is also one of the top live rock albums ever. Sympathy For The Devil, Midnight Rambler, and Honky Tonk Woman are MAGICAL. Rock and roll doesn’t get much more fun than this!
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Stray Cat Blues
Love in Vain
Sympathy for the Devil
Live With Me
Honky Tonk Women
Street Fighting Man